Working & Under 30 | It Takes Time
Navigating careers, job hunting, and life after education has been a bit of a bumpy road for me.
Often, I felt like I was the only one; friends falling into jobs they loved, others working specifically for what they want and getting it on the first try. But me? From long periods of unemployment to horrible shop jobs to almost getting there, I felt a little lost.
Now that I’m in a job I love and working to progress on the career ladder, I thought of a new blog series; Working & Under 30.
That pesky period between being a child in education and what’s supposed to be a fully-fledged adult with a mortgage and retirement plan.
Each week (or so), I’m going to be featuring a guest post from a person working (and not) under 30. These people will be sharing their experiences of the ups and downs of working life, how they got there and what the future holds for them.
I hope this series will help those who are coming out of education, have decided to not pursue higher education, or are just wanting some advice on job hunting, making that coin, and navigating the world of work.
So! Shall I go first?
Education was pretty straight forward for me. I got good GCSE marks, good A-Level marks, and a uni degree in Creative Writing which was three of the best years of my life.
From there, work felt a little bit confusing.
While I’d certainly had part time jobs at uni, coming out of education left with a degree that didn’t get me a specific job. And, without office experience, I only landed retail jobs that would take me nowhere.
What I wanted also changed as well. Sick and tired of applying for publishing jobs, I took a few paid and unpaid work experiences from local businesses.
I saw what my strengths were and applied for jobs that weren’t all the same.
Each time I would focus on something a little different. Be it my experience in customer services, my writing skills, my experience with social media, or just my availability/flexibility as a twenty-something not in education.
I finally got a temp job as a copywriter, which opened up the job market for me. The job I’m in now, while seeming very similar to previous jobs I’d had, is actually so much more than I imagined. With more responsibility and more opportunities to learn. I’ve now found my career in web merchandising, ecommerce and web development. Which if I’m honest, hadn’t come to mind AT ALL when I finished uni.
My advice is; it takes time. Unfortunately, there are gonna be those out there who get a great job from the moment they step out of uni. Or find a great internship just as they leave school. But for most of us, good things come to those who do. Not wait. But do. Apply for a diverse amount of jobs, but understand that these things take time. I was unemployed for nine months before someone actually had faith in me to do a good job, and now I’m finally out of the woods.